By Jessie Mitchell

Within the early many years of the nineteenth century, Indigenous Australians suffered devastating losses by the hands of British colonists, who mostly missed their sovereignty or even their humanity. even as, besides the fact that, a brand new wave of Christian humanitarians have been arriving within the colonies, through Aboriginal ache and arguing that colonists had duties in the direction of the folk they'd dispossessed. those white philanthropists raised questions that have formed Australian society ever because. Did Indigenous Australians have rights to land, rationing, schooling and cultural survival? if that is so, how may still those be assured, and what could humans need to hand over in go back? might charity and paternalism result in powerful executive or dismal failure – to a robust defence of an oppressed humans, or to new varieties of oppression? In stable religion? paints a brilliant photograph of existence on Australia’s first missions and protectorate stations, interpreting the tensions among charity and rights, empathy and imperialism, in addition to the intimacy, dependence, resentment and duties that constructed among missionary philanthropists and the folk they attempted to guard and regulate. during this paintings, Mitchell brings to lifestyles hitherto ignored moments in Australia’s historical past, and lines the origins of dilemmas nonetheless current this day.

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Once again, however, difficulty itself could imply a certain nobility. ’37 33 Handt, journal, 4 December 1832, WVP. 34 Watson, journal, 19 April 1833, 12 May 1833, 20 May 1833, WVP. 35 For instance, Handt, journal, 12 November 1832, 24 November 1832, WVP; Watson, journal, 14 October 1832, WVP. 36 CMS, Church Missionary Paper, no LXXV, Michaelmas Day 1834; CMS, Missionary Register, May 1833 – October 1833: 238, 455–458; CMS, Missionary Register, February 1834: 114–119; CMS, Missionary Register, March 1834: 133, 151–154.

38 ‘Godless political experiments’: philanthropy and governance During the 1840s, a time of great dispossession, illness and social turmoil in western Victoria, the Buntingdale Methodist mission near Geelong witnessed severe conflict between different Indigenous groups. People living in the area still adhered in many ways to traditional law, but also tried to utilise their colonial connections. In 1840, missionary Francis Tuckfield wrote anxiously to his colleague Benjamin Hurst, urging that they clarify Indigenous people’s legal status.

63 Ryan 1980: 14–22; Ryan 1981: 176–178. 64 Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle, vol XIII, December 1834: 504. 65 APS 1838, First Annual Report of the Aborigines Protection Society, 16 May 1838: 23, 26 (original property of Anti-Slavery International); Colonial Church Society (CCS), Colonial Church Record, vol 1, no 3, October 1838: 42. 29 In Good Faith? (although they were not full-time until 1839), with missions established in Adelaide in 1839 and at Port Lincoln and Encounter Bay in 1840.

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